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Man who died in struggle with Temple officers had intellectual disability

Wanda Nichols, pastor of The Garden of Gethsemane International Church Ministries who lives in the East Temple neighborhood, said she saw the man walking down the street and yelling before the police arrived. During the struggle, he started showing signs of medical distress and the officers summoned EMS.” Gayle’s sister, Tiffany Nuckols, said that her brother suffered from an intellectual disability and sickle-cell anemia, and had nerve pain in his legs that caused them to lock up and kick sometimes. The Temple Police Department was contacted by several news agencies indicating that they are receiving reports from individuals that officers acted improperly during the arrest of Mr. Gayle, who subsequently passed away on Thursday, Neely wrote in an email. “I feel like they went about it the wrong way.” Johnson recorded the event with her cellphone, but the video is dark and at a key moment, a police car pulls in front of her, blocking the view. He was shackled at his ankles, and his hands were handcuffed behind his back when that officer … straddled him and began to punch him in his face.” Telegram photojournalist Michael Miller and City Editor Eric E. Garcia contributed to this report.

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